Report: Heat taking veteran approach in Summer League


The Miami Heat are participating in the Orlando Summer League and while they are looking at some rookies, the team has plenty of players on the roster who were part of the 2014-15 club. This event will give the young Heat veterans a chance to stake a claim for a spot on the 2015-16 roster. From Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post:

    "This could be the most intriguing and meaningful summer league runs for the Miami Heat in years. Not only is the team putting five players from last season’s NBA roster through the three-week marathon in Orlando and Las Vegas, it has a star rookie on the floor — No. 10 pick Justise Winslow — for the first time since 2008. On top of that, the Heat are sifting through nine undrafted, non-roster invitees with the hope of finding at least one with the potential to eventually win a job off the bench. 'Let’s see if we can uncover somebody like Tyler Johnson,' coach Erik Spoelstra said. ... As far as the Heat’s surprisingly high number of returning players, most were assigned to the summer league team because of how limited their opportunity was in Miami last season. Of the six, James Ennis is the only one who has been with the team continuously for the past year. Zoran Dragic, for example, was traded to the team in February and logged merely 62 minutes. This is a good chance for the staff to get a better idea of whether he can be a rotation player."